Ireland will confer with World Cup opponents Sweden before confirming what actions, if any, the squad take before Thursday night’s Tallaght clash to express solidarity with National Women’s Soccer League players impacted by sexual abuse allegations.
As FIFA admitted that recently revealed sex abuse allegations, not restricted to the US but also including Venezuela and Australia, may just be the “tip of the iceberg”, Ireland captain Katie McCabe hinted that her side may replicate her Arsenal side’s gestures in the Women’s Super League last week, when they linked hands with their opposition before kick-off.
“Within the WSL we take the knee in terms of the anti-racism,” said McCabe as she prepares to discuss the issue with her squad today.
“Again, it will be a conversation we will have. We haven’t spoken to Sweden about it.
“We haven’t decided whether or not to do it or not but you saw the pictures that went around that weekend.
“We did it ourselves with Everton and on a stage like Sky Sports it shows awareness and people are asking questions, ‘Why are they doing this?’
“I think it opens people’s minds, so I think it is important, but as a team it is not something we have decided upon yet.”
Two players from North Carolina Courage, where Irish internationals Denise O’Sullivan and Diane Caldwell play, initially reported allegations of sexual abuse six years ago but they were not acted upon until they went public this month.
Meanwhile, midfielder Roma McLaughlin has been called up to replace forward Kyra Carusa ahead of Thursday’s sold-out clash as Vera Pauw’s side belatedly kick-start their World Cup qualification bid.